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Summary

  1. Teenager who raped woman, 91, jailed
  2. Scots jobless total rises
  3. Salmond to be SNP foreign spokesman
  4. Government unveils latest A&E action plan
  5. SPFL names Ladbrokes as sponsor

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By Jo Perry and Rebecca Bailey

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Man admits killing former soldier

A former soldier from Edinburgh, who had completed tours of duty with the British Army in the Middle East, was stabbed to death in his home city.

Robbie Morrison was knifed in the leg in Edinburgh's Wester Hailes area on 22 August last year and died in hospital.

Robbie Morrison
Police Scotland

Kristian Nelson, who was originally accused of murdering Mr Morrison, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of culpable homicide.

Nelson's co-accused Colin Craig had his guilty plea to assault accepted.

Move to address apprentice equality

The Scottish government

has pledged an extra £500,000 in a bid to encourage equality in Scotland's modern apprenticeship programme.

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) will use the cash to encourage more women, minority groups, disabled people and care leavers to take part in the scheme.

Apprentices
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The funding was announced during a Holyrood debate.

The move comes amid concerns about gender segregation in the scheme.

USDAW support Murphy

The shop workers' union USDAW has urged the Scottish Labour leader, Jim Murphy, to remain in post and shape a "new direction" for the party following its near wipe out in Scotland in the general election.

In a statement, the union said Mr Murphy needed time and support to get the job done.

Coming up on Reporting Scotland

Leading Reporting Scotland tonight:

A teenager has been jailed for 12 years for the rape of a 91-year-old woman in her home.

Kriss Strachan
Police Scotland handout

Kriss Strachan, who was 17 at the time, forced his way into the house in North Lanarkshire before carrying out what the judge described as a cruel and degrading attack.

The woman's daughter said that her mother had been an independent person but that her life has been destroyed by the crime.

Reporting Scotland is on BBC One at 18:30 or online

here.

Sturgeon - Mundell phone call

@TimReidBBC

Tim Reid

Political correspondent, BBC News

Mundell:"We have obvious differences but it's time to end the bickering between Scotland's two governments and work constructively"

Tomorrow's weather

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

A cloudy start across the south. Further north, a chilly start, with clearer skies. Another dry day on the cards, with some brightness and sunshine.

There will be quite a contrast in temperatures again tomorrow, with highs of around 14 or 15 Celsius in the best of the sunshine in the west. Further east, there'll be an easterly breeze, which will peg temperatures back to around 9 or 10 Celsius on the east coast.

Your Pictures

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Cathy Lovell from Peebles came across this "beautiful scene" on the outskirts of Bonnyrigg. She says it was well timed too as there were very dark clouds rolling in!

Yellow rape seed in field takes up two thirds of frame, blue sky with sun, trees on horizon
Cathy Lovell

Email us your pictures, or tweet them using #ScotlandLive.

Phone date

@TimReidBBC

Tim Reid

Political correspondent, BBC News

FM Sturgeon and SoS Mundell have held their first conversation - by phone - ahead of planned talks between FM and PM

Murphy 'confident' of remaining leader

David Porter

Westminster correspondent

Like dozens of his Scottish Labour colleagues, Jim Murphy has returned to Westminster - not to resume his political career, but to clear his desk and embark on life as a former MP.

He told me he still wants to do the job of Scottish Labour leader, and is "confident" he will remain in the post.

Jim Murphy
PA

He said he is determined to face down calls for his resignation.

The Scottish Labour party executive is due to meet on Saturday to review the results of the general election. Last Thursday Labour lost 40 seats to the SNP in Scotland, including Jim Murphy's seat in East Renfrewshire.

Labour now only has one MP in Scotland, Ian Murray in Edinburgh South.

BBC TV reporter cast in new play

BBC Scotland Highland correspondent Craig Anderson

features in a new touring play about a community hit by a flooding crisis.

Craig Anderson
BBC

The award-winning TV reporter has joined the cast of Rapid Departure.

The play is the latest work by the team behind theatrical comedies Who Bares Wins and The Accidental Death of an Accordionist.

Following its opening night on Eigg on Saturday, the play will be taken on a tour of 16 venues.

Ducklings rescued from a drain

The Scottish SPCA is caring for ducklings who fell down a drain at a haulage yard in Hamilton.

ducklings
Scottish SPCA

The ducklings became separated from their mother and siblings after wandering around the Whistleberry Industrial Estate on Sunday, 10 May.

They are now being cared for at the charity's wildlife rescue centre in Clackmannanshire and it is hoped they will be released back into the wild when they are strong enough.

UDA murder plot suspects 'bugged'

The trial of four men who allegedly planned to kill two former UDA leaders in Scotland

has heard police tapes which are said to record the plot.

High Court in Glasgow
BBC

Anton Duffy, 39, Martin Hughes, 36, Paul Sands, 31, and John Gorman, 58, deny planning to kill Johnny "Mad Dog" Adair and Sam "Skelly" McCrory.

A police tape said to have recorded three accused was played to jurors.

It featured a conversation in which weapons and tactics were discussed for a "hit" on Mr McCrory.

The High Court in Glasgow has already heard that Mr Adair and his best friend Mr McCrory were both former members of prohibited Loyalist terror organisations the Ulster Defence Association (UDA) and its paramilitary wing the Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF).

Husky run man banned for 10 years

A man who made his pet husky run in hot weather until it collapsed unconscious

has been banned from owning a dog for 10 years.

Jason McKay, 27, of Inverurie, cycled along the B9170 road in Aberdeenshire with his dog on a lead in July last year.

The dog was left with injured, bleeding paws.

McKay admitted causing his pet unnecessary suffering at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.

'No evidence' of pothole accident

A police collision investigator

has told an inquiry that a cyclist fatally injured in an accident in Dumfries is unlikely to have hit a pothole.

PC Stephen Kerr said he could find no evidence that Sheila Hyslop cycled through the hole before the fall.

Dumfries Sheriff Court
BBC

The 50-year-old died four days after falling from her bike in March 2014.

The fatal accident inquiry at Dumfries Sheriff Court has heard that she was carrying about 80 phone directories on the bike when the accident happened.

On the roads this evening

BBC Scotland Travel

Latest

The A86 Newtonmore is closed at the Laggan Causeway for roadworks. There are diversions through Laggan, Dalwhinnie and Kingussie.

In Cowdenbeath, the A92 is closed in both directions following an accident near the A909 Bridge street. A lorry struck a bridge and there's a fair amount of debris on the road so it may be closed for some time. Police are diverting traffic on and off at the slip roads.

In Edinburgh, Newcraighall Road - the A6095 - remains closed for a stretch for emergency repairs, with diversions through Musselburgh.

On the A8 Glasgow Road, there are lane closures each way at the Gogar Roundabout for roadworks - delays are likely.

There's a high wind warning on the Clackmannanshire Bridge.

On the M74 Glasgow, traffic is very slow southbound at J1A Polmadie Road through the roadworks area.

Your Pictures

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Suzanne Gray took this picture of Wilton the dog, posing on a lovely sunny day overlooking Loch Eck, on a recent trip to Scotland.

A westie smiling in the foreground; Loch Eck in background
Suzanne Gray

Email us your pictures, or tweet using #ScotlandLive - we'll publish the best.

Pyramid viewpoint for loch banks

An 8m-high pyramid-shaped viewpoint

has been unveiled on the banks of Loch Lomond in Argyll.

An Ceann Mor
Michael McGurk

The structure - named An Ceann Mor, which means 'large headland' - occupies a secluded spot at Inveruglas on the west of the loch, with views of the Arrochar Alps and Ben Lomond.

It is the fourth and final installation of a pilot project for Scottish Scenic Routes.

The previous three are at the Falls of Falloch, Balquihidder and Loch Lubnaig near Strathyre.

Watch out for the Northern lights

Ken Banks

BBC Scotland North East reporter

There's just been a warning of an electromagnetic storm of 6 on the K-index.

That's a biggie.

So all we need now is a break in the clouds and we should be seeing aurorae tonight.

If you do see them, make sure you

send in your photos, or tweet them using #ScotlandLive.

Firms asked to help Caley Jags fans

Businesses in Inverness have been asked to help

fund children's and families' trip to Hampden to support Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Inverness Caledonian Thistle players
Allsport

ICTFC face Falkirk in the club's first ever Scottish Cup Final on 30 May.

Caley Thistle players have pledged a total of £2,000 from the bonus they received for beating Celtic in the semi-final to help their supporters.

Highland councillors have also approved an £8,000 grant from the Inverness Common Good Fund.

Settling in

New MPs arriving at Westminster get a green badge, a tablet computer, a security pass - and a buddy to help them settle in.

New MP Anne McLaughlin
(C) British Broadcasting Corporation

Daily Politics reporter Adam Fleming met the SNP's Anne McLaughlin (pictured) and Richard Arkless, Labour's Rupa Huq, and Conservative James Cleverly and heard about their struggles with London transport and their first day in the new 'office'.

This evening's weather

BBC Scotland Weather

Latest

A mostly dry end to the day, with some evening sunshine in places.

Overnight, it will stay dry, with some clear spells in the north allowing temperatures to fall away to around 2 or 3 Celsius. There may even be a touch of frost for some sheltered, rural parts of the Highlands and the north east, with temperatures reaching around freezing point.

Across the west and the south, it will become fairly cloudy overnight. Easterly winds will strengthen, preventing temperatures from falling below 5 or 6 Celsius.

'Threat' made before shooting murder

A Glasgow gangland figure threatened a rival drug dealer moments before he was shot dead,

a murder trial has heard.

Kevin "Gerbil" Carroll, 29, was shot dead in the Asda carpark in Glasgow's Robroyston area on 13 January 2010.

Kevin Carroll
BBC

Steven Glen, 29, said moments before, Mr Carroll had told him: "You're working for me now, anybody that doesn't fall in line is going to get banged."

He was giving evidence at the High Court in Glasgow where William Paterson denies murdering Mr Carroll.

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Join Bill Whiteford for all the latest news, sport and travel updates between 16:00 and 18:30.

Coming up on tonight's programme

  • The UK government has set out new laws to tackle extremism.
  • The Wood Foundation pledges £10m to pay for much needed hospital car parking in Aberdeen.
  • Prince Charles' handwritten letters to Tony Blair's government ministers are to be published after a 10-year legal battle.

Listen to the programme

here.

Accies manager defends artificial pitch

BBC Sport

Scotland

Manager Martin Canning has confirmed Michael Devlin will see a specialist for knee ligament damage, but has defended Hamilton Accies' artificial surface.

Michael Devlin
SNS

The defender was injured along with Partick Thistle's Ryan Stevenson during Saturday's 1-1 draw.

Players and managers have since questioned the quality of Scotland's artificial pitches.

"I think they are probably going to be the way forward for Scottish football," said Canning.

Chopra - 'Every goal matters'

Michael Chopra treasures goals for Alloa Athletic just as much as all his crucial Premier League strikes.

Michael Chopra
SNS

The former Newcastle and Sunderland forward hopes to add to his Wasps tally in the Scottish Championship play-off final against Forfar Athletic on Wednesday and Sunday.

"It doesn't matter who you're playing against, it all means the same thing to me,"

Chopra told BBC Radio Scotland.

"Whether it was Tottenham or whether it's Forfar, every goal means a lot."

Duo complete 'remotest' base jump

Two men have completed what is believed to be the

remotest base jump in the UK.

The jump
Simon Brentford

Simon Brentford and Darren Strafford

jumped off the 900ft cliffs at Nebbifield in Foula, Shetland, with parachutes.

Base stands for 'building, antenna, span, earth' - the four fixed structures base jumpers can jump from.

Mr Brentford, of Leeds, told BBC Scotland: "I discovered it had never been jumped. The weather had to be spot on, with no wind."

Navigating by phone 'not smart'

The Mountaineering Council of Scotland has asked people

not to rely on smartphones and GPS devices as navigation tools in the hills.

Couple on a trek using a mobile phone
Thinkstock

It has urged hillwalkers not already versed in the use of a map and compass to learn the skill.

The council's warning comes ahead of the busy summer walking season.

MCofS said there was a recent incident where a couple had to be rescued from a situation they could have got out of themselves with a map and compass.

Vuckic hopes for resolution

Chris McLaughlin

BBC Sport

Haris Vuckic says he hopes the off-field disagreements between the Newcastle owner Mike Ashley and Rangers are resolved soon.

Haris Vuckic
SNS

The Slovenian midfielder is on loan at Ibrox from Newcastle until the end of the season but says he doesn't feel he's caught in the middle.

Ashley has called an EGM in a bid to

claim back the £5m he loaned Rangers at the start of the year.

Ladbrokes deal 'hugely significant'

BBC Sport

Scotland

The chief executive of the Scottish Professional Football League says the new sponsorship deal with bookmakers Ladbrokes is as much about pride as hard cash.

Ladbrokes trophies
SPFL

The two-year arrangement is worth around £2m a year, divided across all 42 senior clubs.

Neil Doncaster says it is "hugely significant" that "a blue chip company of the scale of Ladbrokes' wants to sit alongside Scottish football as a partner and help develop the game".

Sturgeon promises 'constructive' party

The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has promised that the SNP will be a constructive, principled and determined opposition to the Conservative government at Westminster.

Nicola Sturgeon in Scottish Parliament
BBC

In a statement to the Scottish Parliament about the general election result Ms Sturgeon said her party would use their mandate to put an end to austerity at the heart of the Westminster agenda.

She insisted that she would keep her promise that the election was not about another independence referendum, but she called for further powers to be devolved to Holyrood.

Referendum row report published

A Standards Commission panel that cleared Aberdeen councillors of breaching guidelines

has published a report explaining its decision.

The letter
BBC

Five members faced allegations they had used council facilities for party political purposes.

They sent a letter ahead of the independence referendum saying the city would be better off as part of the UK.

The report said panel members preferred the evidence of elected members to that of the authority's chief executive.

Nicola Sturgeon speech

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has congratulated all those elected or re-elected in the general election. She describes it as the "greatest honour" and a "great responsibility".

Nicola Sturgeon
BBC

Ms Sturgeon says her good wishes go to those who have lost seats. She says "we take no pleasure" in knowing how they will be feeling.

"The result of 56 SNP MPs was truly historic", she says.

Follow Ms Sturgeon's speech on Democracy Live.

Second man dies following A82 crash

A second man has died following a crash between a car and a motorcycle on the A82, police have confirmed.

Englishman Brian Charles Randall, 63, suffered life-threatening injuries in Saturday's crash, near Tyndrum in Stirlingshire, and died at Glasgow Royal Infirmary on Tuesday.

Motorcyclist James O'Hara, 47, of West Lothian,

was also killed in the crash.

Mr Randall was a passenger in an Alfa Romeo car which collided with Mr O'Hara's bike at 11:30 on Saturday.

Students stage fossil fuels protest

At least

30 students are occupying an Edinburgh University building in protest at its "failure to commit" to divestment from fossil fuels.

Charles Stewart House
Edinburgh People and Planet

On Tuesday, the institution said it would continue investing in companies that produce fossil fuels, but would work with them to reduce emissions.

The students said calls for divestment had received "overwhelming support" during the consultation process.

They have occupied an administration building in Chambers Street.

Collum to ref Scottish Cup final

BBC Sport

Scotland

Willie Collum will

referee the Scottish Cup final between Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Falkirk on Saturday 30 May.

Willie Collum
SNS Group

Douglas Ross and Alastair Mather have been chosen as assistant referees for the Hampden tie, with Crawford Allan the fourth official.

The additional assistant referees are Andrew Dallas and Don Robertson.

This will be Collum's second Scottish Cup final, the 36-year-old having previously taken charge of Celtic's 3-0 win over Hibernian in 2013.

Pothole crash cause 'a possibility'

A pothole may have

contributed to a fatal accident involving a cyclist, an inquiry has been told.

Sheila Hyslop, 50, died from head injuries four days after falling from her bike in Dumfries in March 2014.

At a fatal accident inquiry at Dumfries Sheriff Court, PC Martin Grasson said he saw a pothole a foot wide and one to two inches deep at the scene of the accident.

He said it was a "possibility" that Ms Hyslop either hit the hole or swerved to avoid it before she fell.

Child abuser jailed for 12 years

A man who was convicted of physical and sexual abuse against three girls and a boy

has been jailed for 12 years.

Robert Fury, 50, first targeted a 10-year-old girl, when he was aged 12, in the 1970s. He later raped a 17-year-old woman in Helensburgh in 1991.

The High Court in Aberdeen heard he also abused a teenage girl in Dumbarton between 2001 and 2004 and attacked a young boy there between 1995 and 2002.

Fury was also placed on the sex offenders' register.

Drunken plane karaoke man fined

A man who admitted

endangering an aircraft by taking over the flight's tannoy system to sing karaoke has been fined £1,000.

Graham Leonard
Newsline Media

Graham Leonard was on a charter flight back to Aberdeen from a Manchester United match at Old Trafford in March when he hijacked the intercom.

The drunken 46-year-old, of Newmachar, later caused part of Aberdeen International Airport to be evacuated after setting off a fire alarm.

He was fined at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.

Leonard was also ordered to carry out 140 hours of unpaid work in the community.

Pensioner hit by car 'critical'

A pensioner

is in a critical condition in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh after being struck by a car in the Scottish Borders.

Newtown Street
Google

The accident happened at about 17:15 on Tuesday on Newtown Street in the village of Duns.

The 68-year-old man was transferred to the Edinburgh hospital for treatment after being hit.